Dagger Yuccas, Big Bend National Park
Dagger Flat Drive follows a dirt road, that you should not drive if there is heavy rain, as there can be flooding. You can pick up a booklet for 50 cents at the head of the road, which corresponds with numbered posts along the route. The booklet will describe the vegetation that you will see in this Chihuahuan desert area of Big Bend. The road itself is seven and a half miles one way. You should plan at least 2 hours to drive the 15 miles. At the end of the road is a large stretch of giant dagger plants, some standing 15 feet tall. If you are in the park between March and April you may be able to see the yuccas in bloom, each sprouting a full, white cluster of flowers on a stalk that rises from the center of the plant. There is a loop turn around at the end. We were there just after a winter rain, and as the sun peeked out, it was very pretty with all the greenery washed clean of dust.